Our Blog | April 2008

Hungry Planet - Food Expenditures from Around the World

by: Heather on 04/10/2008
Posted in: Activism

I recently ran a selection of pictures on this blog which illustrated an average family's weekly food expenditure in various cultures. The pictures were unattributed, but happily a blog reader recognized them and directed me to the source. (Thanks Tracy!) I am re-running an updated version of the pictures and text - I believe these are even more striking than the ones that I originally posted.

The pictures below are from a book entitled Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio, and are posted here by kind permission of the authors.

CHAD, REFUGEE CAMP - $1.23 plus $24.37 in food rations (from UN and other NGOs)

The Aboubakar family of Darfur province, Sudan, in front of their tent in the Breidjing Refugee Camp, in eastern Chad. D'jimia, a recent widow, and all her fellow villagers fled accross the border from Sudan into Chad to escape attacks by Sudanese militia.


CHAD - $18.33 plus $25.44 in homegrown food

The Mustapha family in their courtyard in a village near Abeche, Chad's second largest city. Chad has more than 1 billion barrels of oil reserves. 2% of households have access to electricity. Life expectancy is less than 50 years for both men and women.



ECUADOR - $31.55 plus $3.20 in homegrown food

The Ayme family, potato and sheep farmers, in the central Andes at 11,000 feet. There are more volcanoes (17) than McDonald's (10) in Ecuador. The Aymes had another baby after this photo was made.




The Cabana family in their 200 square foot apartment in Manila. 46% of the population lives on less than $2 per day. The Cabana family's favorite breakfast is salty bread, pan de sal, with Cheez Whiz.


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Spotted in the wild

by: Heather on 04/09/2008
Posted in: Events

We recently received this great picture of a promotional postcard for Boat Green taken by a reader who spotted it on the Protection Island bulletin board while commuting by kayak to her job in Nanaimo. Thanks Pam!

Boat Green Postcard

We thought that this was so cool that we are now hatching a plan to run a contest for the best picture of a New …

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Guerrilla Gardening - Can You Dig It?

by: Heather on 04/03/2008
Posted in: Awards

David Tracey, author of Guerrilla Gardening, is the subject of David Henderson-Hean's documentary Guerrilla Gardens. Can You Dig It?, which recently took first place in the 5 Minutes to Change Your World documentary film contest. To view the award-winning film click here (warning - takes a few minutes to load and requires Quicktime).

What is …

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Green Building Products - 3rd edition

by: Heather on 04/02/2008
Posted in: New Books

Are you building, renovating or adding an addition to your home? Would you like to do it in as environmentally friendly a way as possible? From all-weather insulation to zero-VOC paint, this completely revised and updated edition of Green Building Products is your one-stop source for descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more than …

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Food expenditures in perspective

by: Heather on 04/01/2008
Posted in: Activism

This just in via an e-mail from Rick Ingrasci (original author unknown).

Update! The pictures are from a book entitled Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio. The authors have given us permission to post updated (and even more striking) versions - please see this this entry.

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